Create a Painted Poster using Photoshop Filters

June 6, 2011| Legion of Skills

Search Me O GodCreate a Painted Poster: Photoshop Paint filters can be used give a painted look to your images. Here is a quick tutorial on how to accomplish the painted look. The goal of this design was to get a painted effect, that kept some of the realism of the original image still intact. The use of the default filters in Photoshop is usually discouraged among seasoned designers, because the effects are usually obvious, but if time is taken to customize and mix the filters, you can get some interesting effects.  Lets dig in!




Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139.23-24



Final Image


Step 1

Open the KP 45 (Ryan Aréstegui) image from Stock.xchng in Photoshop. Make a copy of the layer, name this layer Angled Strokes. Click Filter > Brush Strokes > Angled Strokes, change the settings to.. Direction Balance: 70 Stroke Length: 27 Sharpness: 6 Click OK to apply. Lower the Opacity to 85%.


Step 2

Make another copy of the original image and place it above the Brush Stroke Layer. Name this layer Crosshatch. Click Filter > Brush Strokes > Crosshatch Stroke Length: 17 Sharpness: 10 Strength: 1 Click OK to apply. Apply levels to the layer to darken it up a bit. Click Image > Adjustments > Levels and adjust like the image below. Lower the Opacity to 35%.


Step 3

Add some layer adjustments that will affect the lighting and color of the entire image. Add a Levels adjustment layer. Click the half moon symbol at the bottom of the layers palette and select levels.

Step 4

Add a Gradient Adjustment Layer with colors #27333a, #737d86, #b6bec9 Change the blending mode of the gradient to Vivid Light.


Step 5

Add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer, with these settings Cyan -72, Magenta -22, Yellow +54. You can experiment with different color balance settings to get the color and mood you want in your image.


Step 6

Add a Black & White Adjustment Layer. Lower the Opacity of the Black & White Adjustment Layer to 20%. [sam id=3 codes=’false’]


Step 7

Add some type to finish off the image. Use the rectangular tool to draw the shape that the the type will overlay, use #f3264b as the color.   Type the word “Search”, using the Angelic War Font from Dafont. Font size 657pt.


Step 8

Now we will use a mask hide a large area of the type to place the scripture verse. Play around with type placement before you do the mask. I decided that I wanted the scripture in the middle, I used Helvetica World from My fonts, Font size 39pt. Select the layer “Search” layer and create a mask. Click Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All. A mask will be created in white, you will see it indicated in the layer palette. Make a selection with the Rectangular Marque Tool. Fill the selection with Black Use white to bring back some of the swirls at the bottom of the type. [sam id=3 codes=’false’]


Final Image


Godserv Designs

Categories: Graphic Design, Tutorials, Typography

6 thoughts on “Create a Painted Poster using Photoshop Filters”

  1. Shawn

    Hey awesome work! I got here through @photoshoptips on twitter, thought you might want to know. Keep it up!

  2. deb

    Awesome..I just love the works I see here. God has truly blessed these folks with serious talents, and they are using them in such a good way…Maybe I too will get the talents unleashed in my heart unto print as well.

    1. loswl Post author

      Thanks, happy to know that you like what we are doing here on the blog. May the talents be unleashed!!:)

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